Now determined to avoid drugs, she faces hostility from her former friends, especially after she calls the parents of one girl who shows up high for a babysitting job. Genres: This was a favorite book in my teen years, that definiteky warned me iff of drugs, and it still holds up as a great story. Having been alive and gone through high school, I thinbk it's safe to say that while pot-smoking maybe isn't the healthiest habit, it's in no way directly linked to the use of harder drugs. Division of Library Services, Department of Public Instruction published 2006-10-12. Something about it reminded me a little bit of That Was Then, This is Now by S.
Usually when people take acid for the first time, their friends make sure that they are not going to go paranoid. The book's subject we are never given her name, but assume she is Alice comes from a normal, middle-class family. She worries that she may be pregnant, and her grandfather has a minor. All in all, this is a silly melodrama, with a lot of drug myths strung together in order put fear into the hearts of teenagers. Despite a few dated references to hippies and some expired slang, Go Ask Alice still offers a jolting chronicle of a teenager's life spinning out of control. Is this the magical Acid that doesn't fall apart at room temperature. Well, in this case, so are unfortunate endings.
I was a bit hesitant to read it because even from the back of the book, it sounded quite fabricated. The 1973 television film based on the book heightened reader interest, and librarians reported having to order additional copies of the book each time the film was broadcast. If I don't give Big Ass a blow he'll cut off my supply. While she doesn't tell him about her drug use, she wonders if she could get him to try some. July 23 Her grandfather has a small heart attack. It kept catching my eye. And it did have an effect on me.
In spite of the fact that the actual source of this book has long been revealed and known, the publishing company continues to brazenly assert that this is a genuine document. I was hoping for a relatable, nuanced book but this was not that. What must be of concern is that she died, and that she was only one of thousands of drug deaths that year. First, I kept seeing this book everywhere, at the bookstore, advertised on Facebook etc…. Teach your children not to abuse drugs. When Beth leaves for summer camp, the diarist returns to her hometown to stay with her grandparents. Despite significant evidence of Sparks' authorship, a percentage of readers and educators have continued to believe that the book is a true-life account of a teenage girl.
Most kids do not start out with Acid, generally pills, pot, or drinking. The literary merit is zero--but that is not the point; the point is, as it always was, that casual drug use is simply not a good idea, and it places you in a situation where one thing can easily lead to another without the user being aware of the drift or having concious control. Alice goes to a store and Chris, a girl who works there, straightens Alice's hair. This does not change the fact that this is a good book for young teenagers to read. But you can do something—read her diary. When I was a teen, I read this book while being confronted with drugs and peer pressure. Shelia invites both girls to lavish parties, where they resume taking drugs.
The numerous cases provide evidence of the utter cruelty of society; not only do others try to lure Alice back into drugs or remain unsympathetic to her, they actively victimize her and other girls who are in need of help. They called the police and the hospital but there was nothing anyone could do. Frey, the intentions are not the point. This came out when I was in Junior High and I was mildly impressed with it. In the end, she dies of an overdose. This book is a ridiculous, pathetic, poorly-written, manipulative, shameless lie. In an episode where the diarist describes having sex with a drug dealer, she quotes an onlooker's remark indicating that her name may be Carla.
Urban folklore expert Barbara Mikkelson of has written that even before the authorship revelations, ample evidence indicated that Go Ask Alice was not an actual diary. It was still an interesting book worth reading! This book is a didactic soap opera - a cautionary tale written in a highly dramatic, unrealistic way. Motifs Counterculture and Drugs The hippie counterculture of drugs, casual sex, and other anti-establishment mores readily seduces Alice, whose discontentment with her middle-class upbringing is strong in the first few sections of the diary and whenever she reverts to drugs. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, Inc. New York City: Prentice-Hall published 1972. The book closes with this epilogue: The subject of this book died three weeks after her decision not to keep another diary. I felt this would give an insightful, age appropriate, relatable glimpse into what could happen if she were to take the path less desired.
She wants to talk to someone about drugs but doesn't know whom to ask. It hooked me that much. The references are not drawn out, but still briefly state what occurred. Sed aliquam, urna ut sollicitudin molestie, lacus justo aliquam mauris, interdum aliquam sapien nisi cursus mauris. I think every teenage girl should read this book.
Some characters also refer to homosexual experiences. But if you're interested in reading an account of a young lady spiraling out of control with drugs and sex in the 60's, this is a great read. These books included Jay's Journal, another alleged diary of a real teenager that Sparks was later accused of mostly authoring herself. I'm happy to say she asked about more books we can buy after finishing this one : I read this book when I was a teenager- I am now 30 years old. Retrieved 2017-01-05 — via Newspapers. In Go Ask Alice, however, this choice is taken away. Is pot a better trip, because of its herbal, laid-back qualities? At the end, a minor character assumes the narration to report the death of our previous narrator.
People tend to settle on what they like. Go Ask Alice has also been used in curricula dealing with mood swings and death. For example, Alice, when babysitting, consumes some candy in her babysittees' house. Other names, characters, places, and incidents are the product of the author's imagination, and any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. As an earlier reviewer said, it is like watching Reefer Madness--it is so far from reality, and I think it does a disservice to kids to pretend that this book represents the real world.